Thursday, August 03, 2006

Inwood, 213th Street at Tenth Avenue


Mary Sargent © 2006

One of my friends doesn’t like the cars in my photos. She feels that they get in the way of the things she's more interested in seeing. I feel exactly the opposite. I really like the cars, both conceptually (they’re part of the city) and compositionally (shapes and colors). I was looking at this photo and wondering if I would have used it if there had been no cars parked in front. Maybe, but I kind of doubt it. I’m curious as to what the rest of you think, not just about this photograph, but cars in my photographs in general.

4 comments:

Caribou said...

I agree. Cars are part of the streetscape and to exclude them from your images would be omitting an essential part of what is New York. It depends on the scene. I don't think the picture of the black store front with the green fire plug would have the same impact if a car was in the scene, but I haven't seen one of your other pictures with cars that I would want to change anything.

Tom said...

I like the cars, but it has nothing to do with the "it's so New York street" aspect. They just add interest to the photos, shape and color. I like the way you use the shapes, for example the the photo a few days ago of the two women in the "trough" -- the photo wouldn't be the same without the curve of the car's hood.

Barbara said...

This one definitely benefits from the cars. I know that the cars are on opposite sides of the street, but they look flattened up against one another. The whole photo feels compressed and locked together.

Susan said...

I really like the cars, too. They're part of the experience you're undergoing and developing.